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DIR-1987-05-07


Doc Type: 
Directive
Date: 
1987-05-07
Author: 
US
Full Title: 
NSDD 271: Instructions for the Eighth NST Negotiating Round
Language Type: 
English
Pages: 
12

This directive signed by President Reagan two days after the beginning of the eighth round of the Nuclear and Space Talks (NST) in Geneva provided specific instructions for each of the three U.S. negotiating teams.  The INF instructions in particular represented a holding pattern (“Washington is currently examining the Soviet proposal”) on the issue of shorter-range missiles (SRINF), even though both Gorbachev and Shultz at different points in the April discussions had embraced the idea of a “double zero” for these missiles.  In other respects, the instructions moved backward from the Reykjavik summit positions, with a seven-year as opposed to a ten-year period for non-withdrawal from the ABM Treaty, and resurrection of the “sublimits” approach to counting nuclear weapons.

From National Security Archive electronic briefing book 238

http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB238/index.htm